How to construct your own fence

How to construct your own fence

Summer is just around the corner and many of us are definitely guilty of neglecting our back gardens over the winter months (raises hand!). However, if you want to make the most of your space why not build your own garden fencing? Building your own fence can be a daunting project, however, it does not have to be as you don’t need as many tools or DIY skills as you may think! Fences are actually the perfect DIY project for beginners to start working on and not only can building it yourself save you lots of cash, it also means that you can design the fence exactly how you want it without having to make any compromises.

Here, I will take you through step by step how to build your first wooden fence.

Mark Out Your Property Line

Before you head out and buy cheap fence panels, it is important that you determine where your property line is, so you know how much to fencing to buy! If you are unsure of where your property land space ends, hire a professional who can mark the property line for you.

What Height Will Your Fence Be?

The next stage of building your own DIY fence is to decide on its height. If you are looking for a privacy fence, six feet is usually the height that most people tend to go for. Picket fences on the other hand tend to be around three feet high. It is vital that you decide on fence height early in the process as this will determine the post hole depth that you will need.

Stake and Square the Corners

Staking the corner locations is a simple process and all you need to do here is take roughly where you think your fence will go. Then, you can stake the corners by tying strings around the stakes and running this string between them Make sure that all corners are squared using a square level.

Stake Middle Posts and Dig Holes

Once you have squared off the corners, you will need to measure out lengths along the string of where you want the support posts to be located. You will then need to use a post-hole digger to dig the holes at the locations that you have staked. To work out the depth at which they have to be posted, find out what 33% of the height is and stake it that far down, plus a few extra inches. You should make sure that there is enough room to fit the post in.

Place Posts and Pour in Concrete Footing

Finally, it is time to place your posts. Put a few inches of gravel at the bottom of the hole and then place the pole in, aligning it properly. The corners should still be square, and you should use a post leveller to keep it straight and ensure that they are sitting at the right height. While holding the post in place, you can then pour in the instant mix concrete which should be around two thirds full. Add water on top and mix the cement with a stirring mix. Put the post in place and then wait for the concrete to set. If you can still see part of the hole, fill it with earth.

Add a Builder Line

A builder line should then be added from the first pole all the way round to the last one. It should be placed at an equal height above the ground and try to place it near the top of the posts. This helps to keep the fence the same height the entire way around.

Place Your Support Boards

Next, you should cut your support board to fit between the centres of the posts and then, use a single rail for the whole length of the fence. The majority of fences will have between two and three rails and you can attach these with decking screws.

Add Fence Panels

Once you have the support boards in place, you can then add the fence panels. This is the fun part as there are so many fantastic styles for you to pick and choose from depending on how you want the fence to look aesthetically. You can find fence panels here at Buy Fencing Direct which come in a range of great styles to suit every taste. If you want to do some DIY, this website sells DIY fence kits which enable you to create one that suits your requirements, as well as get your hands dirty!

The most basic fence panels that are nailed with the distance of less than one board between them.

Treat Your Wood

The final stage when building your own fence is to treat the boards. This will ensure the longevity of your fence. You can choose to stain it, paint it, or apply a weather resistant finish.


And there you have it- a brand, spanking new garden fence to enjoy in your garden this summer!

Have you ever had a go at constructing your own fence before?


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